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Boldin 'shocked' by trade

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Wide receiver Anquan Boldin told ESPN he was stunned to be traded to the San Francisco 49ers.

While traveling in Africa on a charity mission with fellow NFL receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Roddy White, Boldin spoke to ESPN producer Ashly Robinson.

"You know, for me, it was an initial shock because I had no clue that I was going to be traded," Boldin told Robinson, who is chronicling the trip. "... It was shocking at first ... but I mean it, for me it is also a good thing. ... When I look at the organization and what they're about ... and as a football team, the talent that they have ... I think it's good, a good place for me to be."

Boldin said he learned of the trade when he got off the plane in Africa and saw several congratulatory texts.

Boldin will still be coached by a Harbaugh, switching from Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh to his brother, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh. He called the 49ers "a team that's very close, a team that I feel like is on the cusp ... and hopefully I can go there and help them achieve the goals they have in mind."

Boldin also thanked Ravens fans via Twitter on Tuesday.

"I would like thank the Ravens fans for their incredible support for myself and my family throughout my years in Baltimore," he wrote. "I am grateful in getting to know you and will miss what I call home.

"I thought this was the last stop of my career but regardless of the circumstances I came here to win a Championship and in February we came home Champions."

Boldin led Baltimore with 65 catches for 921 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. He added 16 receptions for 276 yards and three scores in the postseason.
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